April 6, 2013
THE LAST WIN IN CHICAGO
MetroStars 3, Fire 0 on May 14, 2005
This is a repost of a story about the last time the Red Bulls won at the Chicago Fire, a 3-0 win at Soldier Field on May 14, 2005
Leave it to the MetroStars to do things a bit differently than any other MLS club.
They can't win at home and they can't lose on the road.
They continued their unbeaten run away from home on Saturday night, securing a solid 3-0 triumph over the Chicago Fire before 8,341 spectators at Soldier Field in Chicago.
The Metros might be struggling at home winless in four matches (0-2-2), but they are unbeaten and masters of the road at 2-0. Their other road win was a 3-1 victory at the Colorado Rapids two weeks ago.
Midfielders Eddie Gaven and Amado Guevara led the way as Gaven struck twice goals while Guevara collected a goal and an assist as the Metros ended two long winless streaks in Chicago.
Their last win on the road against the Fire was a 1-0 victory in Naperville, Ill. (while Soldier Field was being refurbished) on June 22, 2002.
Their previous and only win at Soldier Field was a 1-0 result on April 17, 1998.
"My first two years with the team, this has been a team we have sometimes struggled against," Gaven said. "But today, we came out and played really well and hopefully we can just keep on building for the next game."
It was coach Bob Bradley's second win in 10 matches against his former team. The Metros improved to 2-2-2 and eight points, moving from the Eastern Conference cellar into a fourth-place tie with defending champion D.C. United (2-3-2, eight). The Metros have a game in hand.
"The most important thing was to get the team to really play hard for 90 minutes," he said. "Last week we had a decent start and we got scored on and we didn't have a response. The whole week we talked about the need to stick together and play right to the end. It was a good solid team effort."
Bradley also was pleased with the teamwork of Youri Djorkaeff, Gaven and Guevara.
"I thought that the movement and the passing from those three was good," he said. "And really, it was part of a really solid team effort. When the team works as a unit like that, then those guys have a chance to show us some of the things they can do."
Guevara took advantage of a Fire blunder in the back to give the Metros all the scoring they needed in the 23rd minute. Defender Samuel Caballero passed the ball to Jim Curtin, who didn’t see it coming and couldn’t get a foot on it. Guevara picked it up and sent it past keeper Zach Thornton for a 1-0 lead.
“It was a miscommunication,” Curtin said. “It was one of many tonight. Something is not clicking right now. I’m not sure what it is. Every time you have a chance to get points, you have to do it.”
Gaven gave the Metros a 2-0 advantage just before the half, sneaking a Djorkaeff pass past Thornton and into the net in the 45th minute. It was the first time an American scored for the Metros this season.
Gaven knocked in his second of the night in the 62nd minute as Guevara shuffled a pass to the 18-year-old, who beat Thornton again.
Metros goalkeeper Zach Wells secured his second shutout of the season, stopping Thiago and Lubos Reiter on consecutive point-blank shots in the 75th minute.
The Fire (3-4-2, 11), which remained in second place, lost at home for the second time in a row.
“It wasn’t a good night,” Fire coach Dave Sarachan said. “We gave away goals and gifted the MetroStars. It’s very disappointing not to be able to put your best foot forward at home.”